Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink opened today, despite warm temperatures

The ice rink opened even though the weather is above freezing.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Ice skating is now underway at the Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink in Grand Rapids, despite temperatures being above freezing. 

The rink was scheduled to open yesterday, but when temperatures hit the mid-50s, the opening was delayed.

But why was the ice rink able to open today when temperatures were still not below freezing?

"There's two compressors underneath the ice that underneath the surface that keeps us cool, and those compressors run 24 hours a day seven days a week," said John Judnich of the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department. 

Refrigeration units beneath the ice help keep the rink frozen even if the temperatures are above 32 degrees.

"As long as the sunshine and temperature is reasonable--in other words, minimal sunshine and the temperature, even low-40s and no sunshine, we can maintain the ice," said Judnich. 

“It was awesome,” said Domi Aouad after skating with a friend. “We were really excited when we saw that it opened." 

“It is one of the great things about Grand Rapids,” added Ben Velting.

Admission to the ice skating rink is $1 for youth and $3 for adults. Skate rental is free with admission. For information on when the ice rink is open, go to the City of Grand Rapids' website

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